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Tee Higgins sets high expectations for himself and Bengals

The second-year receiver has three things on his to-do list.

Cincinnati Bengals Training Camp Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bengals are entering 2021 with arguably the best trio of wide receivers in the NFL.

It’s easily the team’s most skilled group of players. With former No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow returning at full strength, the receivers should be the game-changing pieces that set the offense up as one of the best in the NFL.

With Tyler Boyd talked about as one of the best slot receivers in the league and hype building every day surrounding what Ja’Marr Chase will be able to do, many forget the Bengals were gifted an absolute steal with second-round pick Tee Higgins last year.

Higgins put up 908 yards in 14 starts, playing all 16 games. He managed six touchdowns as well. With Boyd and A.J. Green both getting a solid amount of the target share, Higgins totaled 18 targets which equated to 67 receptions.

This season, he’s setting expectations just a tad bit higher in terms of yardage. However, his other two desired accolades may be harder to achieve.

Per ESPN’s Ben Baby, Higgins wants to have 1,000 yards, be a Pro Bowl selection, and make the playoffs.

Both the last two will not be easy tasks for the Bengals as a team and Higgins as an individual. He needs to be one of the six best receivers in the AFC. While possible, it’ll be a challenge with players like Stefon Diggs and Tyreek Hill in the conference.

Nonetheless, there’s no denying that seeing the confidence is refreshing. The Bengals have a team that can a playoff-caliber ceiling and all three of their receivers will have Pro Bowl potential.

While maybe a long shot, it’s certainly not completely out of the question that all three become a reality in just a few short months.